Worried about leaving your pet in the hands of a stranger? Scared you’ll be missing your pets too much? Or do you just think it would be awesome to bring your pet along on an adventure around South Africa?

Travelling with your pet can be a lot of good fun. And in South Africa, there are plenty of great accommodation options that host pets. So whether it’s your two Jack Russels, kitty cat, or fluffy lab, they’ll be happy to know that they don’t have to be left behind this time.

Mango Airlines and South African Airways allow you to fly with your furry friends. And you’ll find plenty of cheap flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

What Does Pet-Friendly Actually Mean?

“Pet-friendly” can mean a lot of different things to different people. Generally speaking, if you were to book accommodation that’s pet-friendly, you have the option of bringing along your dog or cat.

But, this isn’t to say you have complete freedom. Each hotel, guesthouse or Airbnb will have their own policy when it comes to allowing pets to stay over. Before booking your spot, give the place a call and ask to hear about their pet-policies.

Usually, policies will state the following:

  • Size restrictions
  • Areas in which your pet is allowed to enter – which might not include common areas
  • How many pets you’re allowed to bring
  • Whether they allow dogs only – usually when places say that they’re pet-friendly, they normally only mean dogs
  • Whether the pet must be on a leash or not

Also, keep in mind that you may be required to pay an extra fee for bringing along your pet.

Top Pet-Friendly Accommodation Around South Africa

Of course, there are too many to mention them all, but we’ve put together a list of some of the best pet-friendly accommodation options across South Africa.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation Western Cape – Sunny Corner Villa

The affluent neighbourhood of Camps Bay is one of the best areas you can stay in the Western Cape. With stunning views of Table Mountain and the beach right there, you couldn’t ask for more. Except whether your doggy can come along, too.

And the good news is many of the guesthouse villas are dog-friendly. Sit outside on the gorgeous patios with plenty of space for your dogs to relax in the sunny weather.

A short trip will take you down to camps bay beach which is dog-friendly and one of the best beaches in Cape Town. If you’re looking to do a hike with your dog, Lions Head is a 10-minute drive away and it couldn’t be recommended highly enough.

Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cape Town

A trip to the Western Cape isn’t complete without a trip to one of the many beaches. A common thing for families to do is take a trip down to the beach with their dogs. Whether it’s an early morning walk or sunset stroll, enjoy these amazing beaches with your best friend:

  • Milton Beach in Sea Point – with a leash
  • Nine Miles in Kommetjie – with a leash
  • Milnerton Beach in Milnerton – with a leash (but be careful if you don’t have the friendliest dog, many people don’t follow this rule.)
  • Clifton 1st beach in Cape Town – leash-free
  • Sunset Beach in Blaauwberg – leash-free
  • Witsands Beach in Melkbosstrand – leash-free

Pet-Friendly Accommodation Durban – Timmerstuga

Rent a cosy cabin hidden in the lush natural forest of North Durban. You will have the entire cabin to yourself, so there’s no need to worry about your pet bothering other guests. With lots of greenery, it’s ideal for letting your pets play outside.

The charming rental cabins are close to many of Durban’s main attractions. If you decide to take a visit without your pet, you can happily leave them outside on the shaded patio. If you have a small dog, be careful as they might be able to slip under the wire balcony.

And if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your pet here alone, take them down to the beach, walk along the promenade, or hit up some of the beach restaurants that are pet-friendly.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation Gauteng – Joburg Guesthouses

Guesthouses are one of the most recommended pet-friendly rentals in Johannesburg. With beautiful gardens, you’ll be happy to bring along your pets knowing that there’s enough outdoor space for their liking.

With awesome outdoor entertainment areas and often a pool, you can spend most of your time in the beautiful gardens.

Book a guesthouse in the heart of Johannesburg, and you’ll have plenty of exploring to do. Your mind can be at ease knowing your pets will be happily relaxing at home.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation Eastern Cape – A Beach House at Myoli Beach

Literally starting at 80-metres from Myoli Beach (pet-friendly), beautiful beach houses await you.

The beach houses are almost always pet-friendly, as well as child-friendly, and accommodate a lot of people. An awesome option for travelling with the entire family.

The houses have lovely outdoor entertainment areas with braai facilities, bar areas and beautiful decks overlooking the ocean. With a huge private garden and path to the beach, you’ll be keeping your pets happy and active.

Head down the sandy beach at Myoli, and then take a trip to the nearby restaurant and bar. They’re quite happy with you bringing along your dogs.

Pet-Friendly Camping Spots Around South Africa

These are just a few beautiful camping spots perfect for the entire family, including your beloved doggies. They welcome pets throughout the year and satisfy both yours and your pets needs.

  • Secret Falls in Tilburg
  • Beaverlac in the Western Cape
  • Klein Kliphuis in Clanwilliam
  • Augrabies Falls in Augrabies National Park
  • Klondyke Cherry Farm in Ceres
  • Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary in Limpopo

To Sum Up the Pet-Friendly Accommodation Spots

When you start planning a holiday it can be a huge relief to know that there are many great pet-friendly holiday accommodation spots around South Africa.

Pets become part of the family for so many of us, and bringing along your pet can make your holiday just that extra bit more special.

Book your flights now and let the planning commence!